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Black Culture Critic Crushes ‘Progress’ of Natural Hair Movement With This Compelling Argument

British culture critic Emma Dabiri voiced her concerns about the popular natural hair movement for The Guardian last month in their weekly opinion videos.

Dabiri is a teaching fellow at the Africa Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies. The young woman is also currently completing her Ph.D. in Visual Sociology in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths university, according to her website.

In the short video, Dabiri addresses a few concerns she has for the increasingly popular Black natural hair movement. She states that the Afro is becoming fashionable, but Black women are still measured by white European standards. Dabiri says that Black women are sometimes referred to as mixed — even if they are not — because of their kinks and curls. White people would imply that there is some “Indian, Asian, or Arabic ancestry — anything that dilutes that Africaness.”

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